The eighth round of the Future London Leaders Programme will begin in September 2014. Candidate profiles are available below.

Future London Leaders Round Eight

Paul Augarde
Head of Creativity and Innovation, Poplar HARCA

Rachel Bagenal FLL8Rachel Bagenal
Estate Regeneration Design and Development Officer, LB Hackney

 “I work in the Estate Regeneration team at Hackney Council. I oversee design across this council-led development programme – ensuring that we build housing, public spaces and streets that last a long time, make successful places and are a pleasure to live in. I strongly believe in the potential of the public sector to tackle the housing crisis creatively and build well-designed affordable homes for London. I hope that the Future London Leaders Programme will help me to develop my ideas with others in a similar field.”

Helen Furnell FLL8Helen Furnell
Deputy Team Leader, North Area Team, Development Management, LB Croydon

“I currently work as a Deputy Team Leader within the North Area Team, Development Management at the London Borough of Croydon. This involves dealing with major strategic planning applications, the majority of which have been in the Metropolitan Centre, including major retail development and residential and commercial high rise. The role also involves managing a section of the team which in itself can be challenging. I’m hoping that the Future London Leaders Programme will broaden my knowledge of ‘how things are done’ across London in a variety of sectors and how I can refine my leadership, management and communication skills.”

Rachel George FLL8Rachel George
Regeneration and New Supply Manager, LB Lewisham

“I am Regeneration and New Supply Manager at Lewisham council, leading on housing led regeneration schemes and developing Lewisham’s emerging new build programme. My experience of working in housing delivery over the last 10 years has given me solid experience in regeneration and a passion to see high quality housing built. I am looking forward to fully engaging in all that the FLL programme has to offer; training and learning about this sector at a senior level while developing my leadership skills and meeting new people.”

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Jonathan Gibb FLL8Jonathan Gibb
Principal Planner, LB Islington

“A key area of work has been engaging communities in the development of planning policies, including for areas of regeneration and growth. I am also involved in developing a range of spatial and strategic policies and have been responsible for identifying major development sites. I think the Future London Leaders programme will be a really useful experience to learn more widely about the role of the public sector in bringing about regeneration, broadening my knowledge of other areas of policy (beyond planning) and learning from other professionals from different disciplines. “


Alex Jeremy - FLL8Alexander Jeremy
Regeneration Officer, LB Barking & Dagenham

“As a Regeneration Officer for Barking and Dagenham Council, I am fortunate to work on a diverse range of economic and housing regeneration projects. I enjoy the variety and challenges of this role in one of London’s major growth boroughs, with a remit that includes estate and town centre renewal projects, as well as event management and inward investment schemes. Prior to this role I worked in the borough’s delivery team for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. I am also a graduate of the National Graduate Development Programme for Local Government (NGDP Cohort 13). The Future London Leaders programme will help me develop the leadership skills learnt through the NGDP within a more regeneration-focussed environment. As such, I am looking forward to learning from and working with colleagues from a variety of regeneration-related backgrounds.”

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Raj Kerai cropped FLL8Raj Kerai
Development Officer, LB Tower Hamlets

“I have worked as a Development Officer in the Affordable Housing Team at Tower Hamlets Council for six years. My main role is to review the quality and quantum of affordable housing in new planning applications. I work in partnership with our Planners to ensure that the best deal is achieved for the Council; this involves negotiations with private developers and affordable housing providers.  I am keen to progress into a more senior role and believe this Future London Leaders programme will provide me with some of the tools required in such a role. I look forward to meeting and learning from fellow professionals.”

Victoria Lewis FLL8Victoria Lewis
Team Leader, Development Management, LB Southwark

“I have nearly 12 years Development Management experience, having worked for Local Authorities in Bristol and two London boroughs.  I am currently a Team Leader in the Strategic Applications Team at Southwark Council and work on large-scale regeneration projects, and I particularly enjoy working on residential schemes.  I hope that the FLL programme will help me to gain confidence in negotiating on large-scale projects and improve my ability to positively influence the outcomes.  I am interested to learn about the work of other people involved in the development process.”

Simon Lord
Area Partnership and Regeneration Manager, LB Enfield

Sarah Lowes FLL8Sarah Lowes
Principal Planner, LB Lambeth

“I have worked in development management at Lambeth for eight years, progressing from Trainee Planner to a Principal Planner. Within this period I also worked toward and gained my Masters Degree.  I have worked on a large number of varying applications across the borough and gained vast amount of experience.  Through the Future London Leaders Program I hope to develop my skills and confidence as a leader.”

Robbie McNaugher FLL8Robbie McNaugher
Planner Development Management, LB Haringey

“I am a Chartered Town Planner working in Development Management for LB Haringey. I deal with a range of different planning applications with a focus on regeneration projects around the Tottenham Hale Opportunity Area.  I am part of a team focusing on service improvement to create a more efficient and robust Development Management Service.  This will be my first formal leadership training so I hope to learn how to lead and manage people in the modern digital working environment and improve my ability to lead change.  I am also looking forward to understanding how to deliver regeneration and learn from best practice. “ 

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Joanne Mortensen
Sustainability Programme Manager, LB Ealing

Alexander O'Keeffe FLL8Alexander O’Keeffe
Project Manager, Home Group

“I have worked as a project manager in Home Group’s South Eastern Development Team for close to three years.  I am responsible for acquiring sites for housing development and for managing their delivery.   My previous experience is primarily in housing, both in Asset and Housing Management.   Home Group operates in a number of regions and London is, understandably, a key focus of growth for us.    I am looking forward to the Future London Leaders programme for the opportunity to meet other people involved with delivering housing in London while also developing my skills in the areas the programme focuses on.” 

Jo Revett FLL8Joanne Revett
Neighbourhood Partnerships Manager, Sanctuary Housing

“I have worked at Sanctuary for four years where I started as a Graduate Trainee, undertaking a series of placements across the organisation. I have progressed to my current position of Neighbourhood Partnerships Manager, which involves managing and delivering a neighbourhood action plan in Hackney to make sure Sanctuary is a key contributor of positive change in the area. I am really looking forward to the Future London Leaders Programme and hope to develop my leadership and management skills, learn more about current challenges and innovations in the housing sector and meet people from across the Future of London network.”

Olive Slattery
Acting Deputy Team Leader, East Team, LB Harrow

“I have more than seven years experience in Development Management and I have worked in Local Authorities in Ireland (2 years) and England (over 5 years). I have been at Harrow Council for over 5 years and have worked as a planning officer, a senior planning officer and most recently a deputy team leader. I have dealt with a wide variety of applications and appeals, each with varying degrees of complexity. These applications range from Lawful Development Certificates and householder applications to major mixed-use developments and large-scale EIA development applications. I am very much looking forward to the Future London Leaders programme and hope to acquire new skills, gain confidence in management and learn from others in the industry.”

To view profiles of candidates from previous rounds, visit our alumni page.